04-28-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Reimagining Communities Initiative, Research, Resources

Community development professionals have their work cut out for them. Great effort is put into revitalizing communities. Compounding matters, those involved working for community development organization are often working with a small to nonexistent budget and may be volunteers rather than paid staff. These challenges can make it difficult to find the time to step [...]

04-19-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Events, News

Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s Sixth Annual Community Development Summit is rapidly approaching. On May 17-18, join passionate, innovative community and economic development leaders from all sectors as we explore efforts to build and sustain healthy, vibrant, and inclusive communities. Leveraging “The Power of PLACE”, sessions and workshops this year will move beyond placemaking to place establishing, [...]

04-19-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Newsletter Archives

Table of Contents Member Highlight: Operation Better Block, Inc. The State of Housing in the City of Pittsburgh PCRG Submits Fare Policy Change Comments to Port Authority RCI Update: Zipcar Opens New Location in Hazelwood Thanks to CTAC: Reflecting on the End of an Era Summit Sessions Address More Topics, Reach Broader Audiences April Events [...]

04-14-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in News, Partners, Policy

Today, Pittsburgh is more than on the mend. It is on a trajectory that most of us have not seen in our lifetimes. However, without groups like the Community Technical Assistance Center, that may never have come to pass. CTAC was established, like PCRG, at a time of roiling strife throughout many of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods. [...]

04-14-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Members, News, Reimagining Communities Initiative

The Reimagining Communities Initiative has been working in Hazelwood for the past year on a variety of projects to build community capacity. The recent partnership between the Hazelwood Initiative and Zipcar is a great example of a way that business and community organizations can partner together to effect change in a neighborhood. Representatives from the [...]

04-8-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in News, Programs, Vacant Property Working Group (VPWG)

The Pittsburgh housing market has changed drastically over the past ten years. The city is losing its homeownership base. Reflective of a national trend, Pittsburgh has flipped from 54% homeowner / 46% renter to 48% homeowner / 52% renter. Yet Pittsburgh’s rental market is drastically uneven. Housing is defined as affordable when it does not [...]

04-7-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Chris Sandvig  |  Published in Advocacy, GoBurgh, News, Policy, Resources

PCRG recently submitted the following testimony to Port Authority regarding its fare policy proposal. PCRG has put considerable effort into understanding the benefits and disadvantages of this policy, including the implications for our neighborhoods. We have several concerns regarding the upcoming move away from cash fares; in particular, what it means to those most reliant [...]

04-6-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Member services, Members, News

1. Organization: Operation Better Block, Inc. 2. Founding Date: 1971. 3. Executive Director: Jerome Jackson. 4. Current staff size and composition: 6 full-time staff members, 1 part-time staff member, 1 intern. 5. Geographic Area Served: Homewood! 6. Mission Statement: This mission of Operation Better Block, Inc. is to strategize, organize, and mobilize, block by block, to benefit [...]

04-4-2016  | 0 Comments  |  by Admin  |  Published in Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan, Events, Programs, Resources

If you’re interested in buying a fixer-upper and would like to learn more about a unique financing option, Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) will hold an info session for the Community Acquisition and Rehabilitation Loan (CARL) on Tuesday, May 3 from 6-7PM at East End Book Exchange (4754 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15224). At the info session, we will [...]